Protesting has been around for a long, long time. It is a human being’s way of publicly speaking out against or for something that they truly believe in. Sometimes the protests get out of hand, but when they are conducted with quiet dignity they can be appreciated.
One such march will be taking place this week in Washington, D.C. when participants from all over the country join together to protest the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision from 1973. People of varying beliefs (but many of them Roman Catholic) from various backgrounds, ages and locales will journey from other parts of the United States to display their concern about the legalization of abortion.
About 350,000 or more concerned citizens will peacefully try to appeal to the hearts and souls of those who will listen. Will anyone listen? Well, that is to be determined.
Where we hear of so many negative acts in the media today, it is quite certain that fighting for an unborn life will be at the bottom of the back page if it appears at all. So who is going to charitably show their concern for the unborn boys and girls? The people that gather this week at our nation’s capital will of course be at the top of the list!
According to Fr. Daniel Hoehn, Pastor of St. Michael Catholic Church in Wheaton, Illinois, there was a Gallup poll conducted in May of 2013 that included the opinions of 1,535 adults (see www.gallup.com). Forty-five percent of those polled considered themselves to be pro-abortion. Yet, even within that 45%, “A majority of Americans, given their stated views, would ban more than 90% of abortions tomorrow if Roe v. Wade were overturned and they were allowed to vote. (See http://www.rtl.org/prolife_issues/abortionpolls.html.)
Further, Fr. Dan went on to quote from the site RightToLife.Org (www.rtl.org):
“When asked about their primary reason for seeking an abortion, less than 1% of women said it was because of rape, less than 1% due to incest, 4% listed their health and 3% said the health of their child. Interestingly, the poll indicates Americans don’t understand that the vast majority of abortions are performed for social and economic reasons, not the so-called “hard cases.” The poll shows 57% support keeping abortion legal in all or most cases, yet 57% also say abortions should be illegal if the reason is to end an “unwanted pregnancy.”
Whatever your thoughts, please try to understand the significance of the Roe v. Wade decision; the impact that it has had on many families. Whether or not this Supreme Court case has personally affected your life or not, stand with the charitable individuals that are simply trying to preserve the lives of the thousands of unborn babies that will never take their first breath this year. If no one were to step up to speak out on their behalf, they would simply go unnoticed!